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his presence will be deeply missed. >> dr. umanos saw a lot of patients, and the kids loved him and especially the parents, you know? so it's going to be rough. it's going to be rough on everybody, so imagine the staff, i can't imagine what it's going on do for the patients. a spokesperson for the pennsylvania-based cure hospital which ran the facility in afghanistan also addressed the shooting moments ago. >> at this time, the investigation is ongoing and we are working closely with authorities. cure international remains committed to serve the people of afghanistan. please join us in praying for the families of the victimses and those affected by the shooting as well as the peace in afghanistan. >> officials say the guard also shot himself. this is the second brazen attack involving a member of the afghan security forces just this month alone. two associated press journalists were attacked while working in an eastern province on april 4th, one of them died.
nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins me now. we know this is under investigation and we are being told at this point this guard had recently started this job. >> we've been told he was assigned to protect the hospital just three weeks ago. he was a guard at the gate of the hospital, but he was assigned there by the afghan interior ministry. we also have details of how this event -- how this unfolded. around 10:00 this morning, actually just before 10:00 in the morning kabul time dr. jerry umanos was at the hospital, the man you just showed in the photograph earlier. the pediatrician who had been working on and off at the hospital for the last seven years was well known. he was receiving a delegation of five medical workers and these five medical workers, americans, arrived at the hospital, got out of their cars, were inside the perimeter when the guard at the gate opened fire on them,
killing dr. jerry umanos. two others among the delegation were killed. a third of this visiting group was injured and two others -- two other americans were unharmed. after the shooting the afghan security guard turned the gun on himself, shot himself underneath the chin, did not die, was taken inside the very same hospital which he'd just attacked. was treated in the e.r. along with the woman who survived the attack. after she was stabilized he was taken away by afghan authorities for questioning. >> richard, we've talked a lot, extensively, in fact, about green-on-blue attacks when afghan security forces turn their guns on nato counterparts. here you have a medical professional and people in the hospital being targeted and as i mentioned this is the second such attack. what is the likely response or what can possibly be the response to something like this? >> the response from the afghan
government has been condemnation. afghan officials went to the hospital, issued statements, statements in support of the charity and in support of the medical personnel. u.s. troops are there to train the afghan security forces and if you notice, that chart of figures you just put up earlier showing green-on-blue attacks. there you are. 2012, 44 attacks. 2013, 13 and then in 2014, just two, obviously, 2014 isn't over yet, but you see the number is going down and that's in part because u.s. troops have protected themselves again aboutst these so-called insider attacks or green-on-blue attacks. whenever officials meet with their afghan counterparts they have an armed bodyguard. so the militants now seem to be going after softer targets. they're going after journalists and after medical workers,
contractors. they made it more difficult to be attacked from the inside and the militants shifted. >> thank you very much, richard, for those details and new bloodshed in ukraine. the government said its forces killed up to five pro-russian militants in clashes today in eastern ukraine, that as government troops appear to launch a new offensive against the masked gunmen who seized government checkpoints on roads. vladimir putin called ukraine's actions a grave crime and he threatened unspecified consequences. president obama accused russia of failing to live up to last week's agreement aimed at easing tensions in eastern ukraine. >> so far, at least, we have seen them not abide by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in geneva, and instead we continue to see malicious and
armed men taking over buildings and we haven't seen russia step up and discourage that. we have been preparing for the prospect that we're going to have to engage in further sanctions. those are teed up. it is a matter of days and not weeks. >> joining me now "time" foreign affairs correspondent, let me get your reaction saying more sanctions are teed up and could be coming very soon here. >> right. well, the agreement in geneva last week was an effort to try to forestall the need to apply more sanctions and i -- it looked like a week -- like weak brew from the start and it's proving no essentially collapsing. how we do relative to what the europeans do. there is a school of thought that unilateral american sanctions aren't that useful unless the europeans who have
much more trade with russia are also onboard. the europeans are very divided and it's hard to get the european union on the same page. the interesting question here is what's going on in europe and how much will they do versus how much we do. >> that brings me to the question of whether or not the prior sanctions were effective. we have at least the conventional wisdom that these sanctions take time. it is not an immediate blow. it is a gradual impact. so with the president saying he's teeing up more sanctions. do you believe that was always a part of the plan or is it indicative that the sanctions put in place are not working. >> i think to some degree that has been the strategy. part of this is the sanctions are painful on both sides. so washington and europe are not enthusiastic because it costs our economies and our businesses pain as well as the russians. however, what you'll hear from the administration and it's credible to me, it makes sense
that you don't do it all at once. you have sticks. a carrots and sticks strategy so you warn putin and you say if you go further you will get another round of sanctions and if you go further you will get another round and you can't fire all of the errors in your quiver, they don't want to do too much if they don't have to and you want to have disincentives. >> michael, to the events today as i pointed out at the top of the story, new bloodshed today in ukraine. we're looking at forces up to about five pro-russian militants killed and putin calling this a grave crime. obviously, many are anticipating what his next move will be outside of words. what do you expect from vladimir putin at this point? >> to some degree i expect the unexpected. putin has been kind of fiendishly clever in the way he
plays this game. i, for a while, thought it was pretty unlikely that he would send troops across the border into ukraine to try quote, unquote, stabilize or to protect russians, but that does seem to be where the russian kind of rhetoric and body language is heading and this is the catch 22 he created for ukraine. >> right. >> he whipped up the sentiment in eastern ukraine. the government can do nothing and look weak and ridiculous or can try to crack down, precipitate violence and give putin the excuse that he's been making clear. he wants to restore calm and protect ethnic russians. >> we thank you for your time. thanks for joining us again. >> we are following developing news. frazier glen cross, that is the man accused of carrying out the deadly shooting spree outside the jewish community center in kansas. this morning during a brief hearing his court-appointed attorney requested more time to work on his case. the 73-year-old former ku klux klan leader is facing capital murder charges with his bond set
at $10 million. three people were killed in april, april 13th exactly in the shooting spree in overland park including dr. william comparan and his 14-year-old grandson as well as terry lomano. joining me is an editorial columnist with the kansas city star. thank you for joining us. give us more details on the preliminary hearing as well as the attorney asking for more time here. >> well, that's not actually -- to be too confusing. it is a part of the legal process. >> sure. >> it is very preliminary. this will be a large case. the u.s. attorney's office, eric holder, is very interested in it for possibly filing hate crime charges. it's an important case so they certainly want to take all their time. it takes a while to go through the courts on these things. >> and with the legal process under way here, you are still looking at the emotional scars
left behind from this. we know on one side you have the justice system and that will play itself out, but we certainly know this community. i think i read your tweet, something to the effect of this is an area that hate did not tear apart or has not been successful in tearing apart. >> yeah. i think one of the things that we started to say around kansas city, hate doesn't win here. and certainly within even the days, within the hours after it occurred it happened on palm sunday. it was the eve of passover services. this community came together in a way that -- i mean, quite honestly for as horrible as it was, three deaths within our community. we came together and basically stood against this sort of thing. this was an incredible outpouring of people at the memorial and the jewish community center last week and attorney general eric holder was in town. everyone from the clergy community, representing literally every faith.
it was the jewish community that was roman catholics and united methodists, sikh, muslims and they were all together at that center where the first two murders occurred and we stood up against it. >> right. we stood up against it and are standing up against it right now. we appreciate you joining in and i should point out to the audience and the next hearing for may 29th and we'll follow the update on the healing as well as the healing of this community. thank you very much, mary. >> thank you. the fda is taking the first steps to regulate the wildly popular electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, the proposal for the industry that some people call the wild wild west. and a new report says temp work is actually becoming a permanent way of life for many americans and yet the number of temporary workers is now at a 14-year high. plus this --
>> i don't want to hit anybody. >> that is yankees pitcher michael pineda moments after he was ejected for using pine tar allegedly -- no, he said -- i digress. the major league baseball, this is the rangers fan in me. i'm sorry. major league baseball debating what to do about this guy. join our conversation on twitter. you can find me, and i'm sure you will, yankees fans fans, @tamronhall and "news nation." with so much noise about health care, i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile, not random statistics. they even reward me for addressing my health risks. so i'm doing fine... but she's still gonna give me a heart attack. innovations that work for you. that's health in numbers.
amount of nicotine and instead of smoke users inhale a flavored mist made from water. the fda's proposed regulation would put them into the same class as tobacco which would allow the agency to require manufacturers to disclose the chemical contents and ban sales to those under the age of 18 and require clear nicotine warning labels. abc's tom costello joins me with more. i guess, tom, a lot of people are wondering what took the fda this long in the sense that $2 billion business, it means it was up and running and an agency is behind the curve. >> it's taken off. these items here, $2 billion in sales last year and growing and the concern is as you mentioned, young people, we now believe that as many as $2 million people, 2 million young people, middle schoolers and high schoolers have sampled an e-cigarette. the concern is that this is a direct nicotine which is an extremely addictive property, a direct nicotine inhaler or
transmission device that people can then inhale and the concern is that that becomes addictive and they might then transfer that interest over to tobacco products. a short time ago i talked to the fda commissioner about this, margaret hamberg. >> the current situation is of great concern to all of us. it is an unregulated environment with respect to these products. we think that the fda can and should have a role in the oversight of these e-cigarette products and other tobacco products, as well. >> so that's the bottom line to get to your question, tamron. what took them so long? they believe that nicotine is a product of tobacco and therefore they should be able to regulate it as they regulate tobacco products, but because they haven't regulated this at all up until now and because it's grown so quickly they call it the wild, wild west of really an unregulated chemical product that's been out there on the
market. they now want to take the first steps to understanding what are in these e-cigarettes and decide if there is a health risk at all. >> all right, tom. we'll see what happens next. greatly appreciated. new reaction to the yankees pitcher being accused of using pine tar and this is not the first time he's been accused. there was a substance on his neck. you could see it. i can see it from the dugout. >> maybe it was shaving cream. we'll talk live with nbc sports about the possible fallout and here is a look at what's happening today, thursday, april 24th and olympic swimmer michael phelps comes out of retirement in arizona and he'll race the 100-meter butterfly at the arena grand prix. he says he misses the sport and is the grandpa of the game. chris christie is holding his 120th town hall on the jersey shore and he'll talk hurricane
sandy recovery. mrs. obama will appear on "parks and recreation" at 8:00, 7:00 on your local nbc station. you, my friend are a master of diversification. who would have thought three cheese lasagna would go with chocolate cake and ceviche? the same guy who thought that small caps and bond funds would go with a merging markets. it's a masterpiece. thanks. clearly you are type e. you made it phil. welcome home.
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i don't want to hit anybody. i want to apologize to my team. i learn from this mistake and it won't happen again. >> i kind of feel sorry for him now. after the game, the managers of the red sox and yankees also talked about the incident. >> in the second inning it looked from the dugout that there was a substance on his neck. you could see it. i could see it from the dugout. it was confirmed by a number of camera angles in the ballpark and given the last time we faced him it felt like it was a necessity to say something. >> he did not have it on when the game started and i guess from what i understand he had a hard time gripping the ball will and he put it on in the second inning. obviously, that's a problem and we'll have to deal with the consequences and michael will have to deal with it and we'll get through it.
>> rob si mushgs ulcare and he's the host of speaking of sports. good to see you. >> nice to see you. i'm on an emotional roller coaster about this, obviously, it is cheating and when you hear his tone of apology. i guess he didn't apologize. he said his fingers were cold and he didn't want to hit anyone or hurt anyone. i don't know where to stand. >> he's less concerned about hitting someone than he is about them hitting him or his pitches. what's amazing about this is this guy is a really bad cheater. i mean, they notice this just less than two weeks ago and here he comes right back against the same team and one ininning in slathers this thing on his neck in a not subtle way and it's amazing that he thought he would get away with it when everybody was looking for it and he'll be sitting out for a while. >> you heard joe girardi say the
team will deal with it and they'll get past it. >> and yes, it is the worst thing that can happen especially with some of the scary headlines coming out of sports these days, but major league baseball, such a pure sport. you have the purists who love it and having something like this, specially with the yankees, a team that folks love to hate is not good. >> well, tamron, i'm a baseball purist and i can tell you that this kind of cheating is actually really a well-established part of the game. this has been going on ever since there was baseball. there is a guy in the hall of fame, gaylord perry who everyone knew was cheating his entire career and he was putting spit and vaseline on the ball and this is an established part of the game. you can bend the rules and don't flaunt the rules and don't be obvious about it and he'll be suspended eight to ten games. >> it sounds like if you cheat cheat smart. i'll let that go.
you're saying don't cheat at all. i get it. the part of the story that sticks in our minds, no pun intended. >> i got that. is that it's so blatant and with the same team, you're thinking, like, what's going on with him? is he under that much pressure? >> he says it was cold. it was a chilly night and he's not from a cold weather climate and you are actually allowed to ask the umpire if it's cold whether you can take your hand and go to your mouth because normally that's not allowed and you can ask the umpire for permission to do that and i don't know if he did that, but it's a pine tar and batters use it and they're allowed to use it on their bats and they used it in the '80s and george brett had a home run disallowed because he had too much pine tar on his bat. this is another great pine tar incident in baseball history. >> many teams have had their
incidents so i can't let the rangers off the hook as some people r reminded me. there is a debate as to whether the pine tar helps or not. some people think it's this old wives player that baseball players have subscribed to as many of them are quite superstitious. >> it must help because pitchers do this, and he's not one to get caught with a substance on his glove or hat or something. pitchers will take any advantage. anything they can do to get a slight advantage. if you've watched games there is a bag that is on the mound that pitchers are allowed to go to. every pitcher can go and you can play with it in your hand and it helps you get a slightly better grip on the ball and there are options out there. >> pine tar is not one of them. >> pine tar is not on the list. >> rob, thank you very much. >> so it is our "news nation" gut check today. do you buy pineda's story about it was cold and he didn't want to hurt anybody. we'll let you know how you can weigh in on this one. now a more serious topic.
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bundy's cause has drawn supporters from rand paul and dean heller who called him, quote, a point ratriot, but in s new york times he was discussing african-americans he once saw in a las vegas housing project saying, quote, they were basically on government subsidy so now what do they do? they abort their young children. they put their young men in jail because they've never learned how to pick cotton and i've often wondered are they better off as slaves picking cotton and having a family life and doing things or are they better off under government subsidy? they did not get no more freedom. they got less freedom. bundy's remarks came during one of his daily news conferences since the beginning of his tense standoff. rand paul told nbc quote, bundy's remarks on race are offensive and i wholeheartedly disagree with him and a spokes american for senator dean heller told the times that, quote, he
completely disagrees with mr. bundy's appalling and racist statements and condemns them in the most strenuous way. political reporter casey hunt. the question is will more lawmakers, more pundits who have supported mr. bundy now back away from him? >> it's pretty clear that they don't have very much of a choice and that was the risk for these politicians in the beginning who were sort of supporting cliven bundy. he had become sort of this cause especially on the right when i was in new hampshire for the americans for prosperities forum earlier this month mike huckabee, former governor of arkansas mentioned him and there was an applause line and that is not something that will be acceptable or less acceptable going forward. we'll see if more people start to step out and i think for senator rand paul in particular, saying that he wasn't quick enough on the draw in condemning this. the reason why we have a statement from him today is
because the times story said that the senator was not immediately available for comment after the newspaper called and related these remarks to him so that is potentially a problem for him and paul has encountered some issues with race in the past. he had a staffer who held a radio show as the southern avenger and he was slow to fire that person. this isn't the first time he's drawn criticism for being tied to potentially racist. >> this has now been through the words of bundy, been placed in this conversation of race and who is a racist or not because obviously, he was illegally grazing on this land and joe scarborough question whether this was a valid case for conservatives to get behind because this man was illegally allowing his animals to graze on federal land saying it belonged to everyone. joe said isn't that socialism this morning which is the anti-belief of any conservative, but this issue of race with this
in slate, janelle buoy wrote, i can't help, but wonder if conservatives would react if these were black farmers as as someone who closely follows the regular incidents of lethal police violence against blacks and latinos, i also wonder whether law enforcement would be as tepid against a group of armed african-americans. the words of bundy, words that he's not arc apologizing and how do you apologize for something like this, and now it falls on the lawmakers who saw him as a patriot just last week. >> it's a tricky issue. the history of the federal lands in nevada, their argument is that his family had been there are for generations before the bureau existed and they're charging him grazing fees and there is an element who seized on this as an example of government overreach. as you noted, the law is pretty
clear. some critics even on the right, republican critics have said that this amounts to anarchy that doesn't go over a government that's overreached. >> we'll see what mike huckabee and others who supported mr. bundy will say about his comments. we appreciate the update. as we await the next monthly jobs report out next friday our nbc news.com website highlights how temp work is becoming a progr permanent way of life who can't fight jobs noting the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment and now many fear it's a dead end route. the latest figure showed 10.5 million americans are out of work, but another 7.4 million are considered to be, quote, involuntary part-time workers. joining me live now nbc news contributor martha white whose reporting appears on
nbcnews.com. thank you for joining us. you've written a lot of stories, of course, this one hit a nerve and so many people reached out to you reacting. what are they saying? >> a lot of them said, wow! this is my life and i've been temping for months or years because i've been sending out resumes since the recession hit and i can't find a full-time job and these aren't adults with no work experience. these are gen-xors and these are baby boomers telling me this. >> in march the temp industry added 28,500 jobs and that's about their2.8 million workers temporary or part-time positions and oftentimes in these positions you get no benefits. it's temporary and unpredictable. this is nothing you can build stability on, but you need to pay your bills and you need that money for your life. >> yeah. that's very true and that's one of the biggest problems is that this doesn't offer anything in terms of time off or sick days.
i spoke with one woman who took a sick day and her contract was terminated effective immediately. it's very tough for these people to manage a balancing act when they really don't know what's coming next month or next week. >> and one senior economist said that this does not fit historic norms. that we've seen in the past temporary hiring rise initially as an economy recovers, but now we are in a recovery and the trend is continuing. >> yes. that's true. i spoke with a couple of economists who said something along those lines that this is a shift and if you look at other researchers that have done studies on the numbers of independent workers which is a broader classification than just temps. that's also gone up. more independent contractors and more consultants and freelancers and it's getting to be an every man for himself labor market.
>> is this how businesses are trying to save money is bringing in temporary workers and you don't have to provide certain benefits? >> why is this continuing? >> yes. it's definitely a function of cost. there are a couple of reasons why, one as you hit on, they don't have to pay benefits. they don't have to pay health benefits. they don't have to alot for workers comp or paid time off and there's also the fact that if they don't need someone for a certain amount of time they can just drop them and pick them back up during their busy season or when they get a big, new client and have to rent back up quickly and they don't have to keep them on the payroll all of the time. >> it's an incredible report and people should definitely go on nbc news.com to see it. it hit a nerve so much so that you received a lot of email regarding it. thank you so much. coming up, a ground breaking surgery just performed on four people who were blind, but now have bionic eyes. we'll talk live with one of the doctors who performed this
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light. it was just seven days after his birthday. friends and family made a tribute video in calder's honor. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear calder ♪ >> the self-portrait calder recently drew titled mr. awesome has gone viral while his family is shattered. his dad says they're being comforted because calder's spirit is shining all over the world. the drawing is popping up in tributes online and was even broadcast on the site of miami's a american airlines arena. thank you so much, chris. our thoughts are with you.
our prayers and our hearts are with your family. first, tell me a little bit about this accident because i know you want to sound the alarm to so many parents. what happened? >> you know, literally the hour of seven days, a week after his seventh birthday for the first time of the season my son was an incredible swimmer. could swim the entire length of the pool. was home with our nanny and her 22-year-old son was in the pool with him and they were going to do a race. he jumped in the pool the first time to the other side of the pool and the nanny's son felt an electrical charge and started screaming, calder was under water and got out and calder was swimming toward the pool light and screamed, was thrown into the air by a massive electrical jolt of electricity and the
nanny's son heroically was getting shocked and pulled him out by the -- out of the pool by his hair and immediately gave him cpr and -- they did what they could and the medics came and -- but it was so bad as the neighborses -- a neighbor came over and as the authorities came over and he was getting shocked while he was giving cpr to my son which tells you how much he was getting electrically charged from his mouth. >> know you want to warn people about safety and being aware that this can can happen. i looked at calder's picture all morning long. we talked about him on the "today" show all morning and i looked at that tribute video and i marvel at your ability to even speak, but this is about his light. his light that still shines so much so that these strangers, these adults and other children around the world, you know, want as you've called him, mr.
awesome, to be in our hearts and our thoughts. did you ever imagine that this would talk off like this? >> no. we had two different teachers tell us that he was going to change the world, and him and his brother really are awesome together as i've been able to say, it's -- the best thing about being a dad was not being a dad to a son, it's about being a dad to brothers and we had no idea that this would happen, but you know, -- um -- the bittersweet, amazing part of this is that in this period of time you have a short time where we want his seven years to change the world and the way this happened there was a viral campaign started by our dear friend jim cahill who took this self-portrait that i removed
from his school after he died even though they were on spring break and they wanted it at the funeral and just posted it on facebook and it's gone around the world. a tv station reporter here, roger loge literally started getting the miami heat and players to hold it and it's taken on a gravity, but the real thing that's important is not only do we want to raise money for his school because that's where he loved being and they made a quality guy out of him, even more so, but this is such a freak, tragic thing. we wanted his short time to stand for something so our son is changing the world like was promised, we just never wanted him to change it this way. >> our thoughts are with you and your family. you know, what words can i say? i'm just sorry. i'm sorry, but i am so happy that we can show that picture and shine a light for calder, and i'm thankful that you've come on with us today.
it's quita an honor and i marvel at your strength and what a beautiful child you brought to this world. thank you so much, sir. >> thank you. he is beautiful and i want beaue like saying he is not was so please get your pools checked and hug your kids tight. you never know. >> thank you, sir, we'll be right back. you, my friend are a master of diversification. who would have thought three cheese lasagna would go with chocolate cake and ceviche? the same guy who thought that small caps and bond funds would go with a merging markets. it's a masterpiece. thanks. clearly you are type e. you made it phil. welcome home. now what's our strategy with the fondue? diversifying your portfolio? e*trade gives you the tools and resources to get it right. are you type e*? to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day
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one of the doctors performing the surgery at kellogg and just finished the fourth. thank you so much for your time. this is an incredible technology. four surgeries, i have to ask, when will we see more? >> we have scheduled next month in may. we'll see how that goes. >> this sounds like the technology and i'm heard you've heard it it a million times, the 6 million dollar man, the bionic body part but this is a reality. tell us why it is so successful with these individuals? >> well, these patients have no other treatment options, they're lost all of their vision from this disease called retinitis and had good vision in childhood and lost vision during the course of their life. there isn't anything else that we can do for them right now. so that's why it's been
successful. >> and they are beautiful stories behind it. linda shultay says the important thing to her is to see her ten grandchildren to the extent that she can. it would be marginalizing it by saying it is life-changing but it is certainly that. what excites you more as a medical profession and obviously a human being about this technology and what it gives to people? >> you know, it's a joy to be able to give vision back to patients. especially these patients who haven't had vision for so long for them to be able to see shadows, make out
everyone there. congratulations on the success and most obviously the success you've had with these particular patients who can see their grandchildren in one case. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> that does it for this edition of "news nation." up next "andrea mitchell reports," andrea talked with benjamin netanyahu. ge when i can. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories. but with so much health care noise, i didn't always watch out for myself. with unitedhealthcare, i get personalized information and rewards for addressing my health risks. but she's still gonna give me a heart attack. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
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